Marvin Williams continues rehabilitation after undergoing surgery on his right heel and Achilles tendon.
There is no time frame for his return, but he said, "I don’t think I will miss any significant time during the regular season. Hopefully I’ll take the preseason to get this thing going in the right direction."
Acquired from Atlanta before the 2012-13 season, Williams came to Utah and averaged 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 23.7 minutes.
His rehab so far includes only jogging and treadmill work — no cutting or jumping on the court.
Early in camp, Williams has participated in light shooting drills.
"… We’ll take it day-by-day [and] go pretty much on my feel," Williams said. "If things feel a little better every day, we’ll do a little more."
According to coach Tyrone Corbin, the Jazz will take a cautious approach with Williams.
"I’m going to listen to the trainers and the doctors and Marvin on that," Corbin said. "He’s coming along and we want to make sure we’re doing the right things by him so when, he’s back, he’s back for the long haul."
One thing is certain: Corbin values Williams’ presence on a young team.
"Who he is, how he conducts himself, the leadership ability that he has, the respect for the game and his teammates," Corbin explained. "All those things he has will help us grow."
With the addition of Lester Hudson on Tuesday, the Jazz hit the league maximum of 20 training camp players. It’s made for one busy scene at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.
The full house serves as yet another sign of general manager Dennis Lindsey’s influence. The second-year executive has made sure the Jazz get more one-on-one time with prospective draft picks and free agents. Earlier this summer, 72 players participated in pre-draft workouts and 24 came in for a free agent camp.
"To get them here," Corbin said, "to watch different guys has been great. It’s good for the organization. It’s good for us to see bodies before we bring them into camp and to see them play in different setting."
The same applies to training camp. While the roster must be down to 15 on opening night, the Jazz now see an advantage in spending a little more to take advantage of the league maximum.
"It crunches time a little bit," Corbin said. "You want to get more reps but you want to get everybody on the floor."
On the flip side, though, "you can keep guys fresher, you can go harder, you can expect them to go harder longer."
Last season the Jazz had 18 players in training camp.
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